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The 2013 Top 40 Under 40 Military
by Heidi Lynn Russell, Contributing Editor

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Seth Robert

Marines, Sgt

Operations Manager, Canrig Drilling Technology Ltd.

As an Operations Manager at Canrig Drilling Technology Ltd., Seth Robert oversees operations in the Southern United States. He exited the Marines as a sergeant and has been at Canrig ever since. Robert received his Master’s of Business Administration in 2011 from DeVry University, Keller Graduate School of Management. In the Marines, he received the Marine of the Quarter for his unit and NCO of the Quarter for his Marine Air Group. He also received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal.


Tony Rossi

Navy, PO1

Critical Environment Program Manager, McKinstry Co.

Tony Rossi’s Naval experience in nuclear engineering and leadership and his commitment to the mission “provided a level of comfort in hiring that has been validated time and time again,” says Chris Read, Critical Environments Facility Operations Director at McKinstry Co. Rossi is the Critical Environment Program Manager, a key role within the team.


Terry Schooler

Army, MAJ

Instructor Pilot for the UC-35

Army MAJ Terry Schooler is the only commissioned officer Instructor Pilot for the UC-35 in the Army. While deployed in 2008, Schooler developed an autoimmune disorder which required his evacuation from the theater. After returning to flight status in under a year, Schooler is the Executive Officer for the Jet Training Detachment at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. and is also an instructor pilot who trains soldiers from the Active Component, Army Reserves and Army National Guard.


Ryan Sund

Army, SSG

Estimator for Long Painting Company

Former Army SSG Ryan Sund received the Bronze Star for service in Operation Enduring Freedom. “It is very rare for a Staff Sergeant to receive a Bronze Star,” says MSG Christopher R. Jager, who served with him. Before exiting this May, Sund served as Operations and Training NCOIC for the 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. His main task was to set up training with outside agencies, civilian and military, as well as setting up many Joint Training exercises with Army Special Operations Units.


Christopher Terrio

Air Force, SMSgt

Superintendent of the National Reconnaissance Office Operations Center

Air Force SMSgt Christopher Terrio is the first Superintendent of the National Reconnaissance Office Operations Center. Terrio manages a multinational team in the operation of multi-billion dollar space systems. He served as Superintendent of Standardization and Evaluation for the 21st Operations Group at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. and managed operations in nine countries as well as a $3.2 billion space surveillance network


Shawn J. VanDiver

Navy, PO1

President, VanDiver Consulting

After he exited the Navy as a PO1 this May, Shawn J. VanDiver launched VanDiver Consulting, which handles security, emergency preparedness and efficiency consulting needs. He is an Ambassador for the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. VanDiver has his Bachelor of Science in Domestic Security Management and a Master of Science in Homeland Security and Safety Engineering from National University.


Sandy Vithayanonth

Army, CPT

MBA student at the University of Texas at Austin

The “proudest achievement” for former Army CPT Sandy Vithayanonth was co-founding a non-profit, called the “Duke Association,” with a mission to build a memorial dedicated to the 118 fallen soldiers of the “Duke Brigade.” “Despite having no previous experience in non-profits and fund-raising, we were ultimately able to raise over $175,000,” he says. As a Platoon Leader in Afghanistan, Vithayanonth “heroically saved the lives of his fellow soldiers by exposing himself to enemy fire and halting an enemy attack through coordinated artillery fires,” says LTC Steve M. Smith. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal and an Army Commendation Medal for Valor. He is scheduled to graduate with a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin in spring 2014.


Christopher Welsh

Marines, Maj

Solution Sales Leader and Manager, IBM

Following his 2005 Master’s of Business Administration degree from University of California/Davis Graduate School of Management, Christopher Welsh immediately began work at IBM. He is a solution sales leader and manager. In addition, Welsh, a Major in the Marine Reserves, is the Company Commander of a Reserve unit of 150 Marines and sailors.  


Michael A. Willis

Navy, LT

Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

Former Navy LT Michael Willis was a Surface Warfare Officer who led his boarding team to restore order on a North Korean merchant vessel that had been taken over by Somali pirates. His team safely detained the pirates and provided life-saving medical care to three critically injured North Korean sailors. As a Lieutenant, Willis received the Navy/Marine Corps Leadership Award, which is awarded to the top 16 division officers in the Surface Warfare Officer community. Additionally, Willis is a “Big Brother” mentor.


Brad M. Zabek

Navy, PO2

Health Physics Instructor, Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Brad Zabek is a leader in the Health Physics community at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, says Health Physicist Timothy Kerrigan. He developed a mentoring program for members of the Radiological Training Branch. “Brad’s perfect mix of both education and military experience helps him excel in the Radiological Controls field,” Kerrigan says of Zabek. He was part of the Transfusion Services Department and the Armed Service Blood Program.








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